OE-A announces winners of the OE-A Competition and LOPEC Start-up Forum

06.04.2016 | id:304011

Innovative ideas as well as start-up companies were offered a platform at LOPEC 2016 to support the continuous development of the international market for organic and printed electronics.

Frankfurt, Germany, April 12, 2016 – New visions and creative concepts in the area of organic and printed electronics are what the OE-A (Organic and Printed Electronics Association), a working group within VDMA, aims to promote in its annual OE-A Competition. Once again this year, there were numerous submissions coming from all corners of the world. The five best submissions were awarded at LOPEC 2016 – the international trade fair and conference for printed electronics – in Munich, Germany.

Innovative concepts illustrating the various possibilities for application of organic and printed electronics are recognized with the competition awards. It is intended to open up new perspectives to end-user industries as well. “We received remarkably interesting demonstrators in the sectors packaging, wearables, smart buildings, as well as consumer electronics”, says OE-A Chairman and CTO of CDT UK, Dr. Jeremy Burroughes. “In comparison to the previous years, the resulting projects have again increased in professionalism“. This also reflects the maturity of the industry.

For the eight-member jury, consisting of representatives from international companies and institutes, the judging process was not an easy job. They had to rate 20 prototypes and demonstrators in four categories.  LOPEC attendees also got a vote. At the OE-A booth, where all demonstrators were on display, they were encouraged to choose their favorite demonstrator. The awards were handed out in the following five categories during the LOPEC Dinner:

Best Prototype / New Product
OPV Building Façade
Heliatek (Germany)

Best Freestyle Demonstrator
Beer Coaster
Hochschule München (Germany)

Best Publicly Funded Project Demonstrator
OPV Living Room
Sunflower Project (EU)

Best Printed Electronics Vision
Papier Machine: Printed electronics paper games
Pluvinage and Pinaffo (France)

Public Choice Award
Beer Coaster
Hochschule München (Germany)

The OE-A Competition 2017 will be launched soon. More information about the OE-A Competition can be found at www.oe-a.org/demonstrator

OE-A presents two LOPEC Start-up Forum Awards 2016
Young companies are promoted by the OE-A at the LOPEC Business Conference. Many innovative companies are looking for investors to bring their products and ideas to fruition. To continue the development of their technology and marketing strategies, they introduced their companies during the Start-up Forum. “The excellent quality of the presentations in this year's Start-up Forum clearly showed the progress of printed electronics," says Thibaud Le Séguillon, LOPEC Business Conference Chair, OE-A board member and CEO of Heliatek.  A jury consisting of international industry leaders and researchers determined the winners.

Two awards were presented:

Best Business Case
Innovative thermoelectric generators (TEG)
Mr. Frederick Lessmann, otego, a spin-off from KIT (Germany)

Most Impactful Technology / Product
Mr. Pavel Cholakov, Eurekite (Netherlands)

Based on the great interest in the demonstrators and lectures -- particularly by end-users -- the OE-A will once again hand out awards in the various categories during the next LOPEC, scheduled to take place March 29-30, 2017.